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3/20/2020

Signup now for Children’s Vision Screening on-line course with Prevent Blindness

Prevent Blindness and the Save Our Sight Fund are offering an opportunity for distance learning during this unique time when gathering in groups is limited and many individuals are working remotely.


3/16/2020

ODE Update for Early Learning Programs

ODE Licensed preschool or school-age child care provider, grantee, or early childhood program administrator:
 Ohio Department of Education continues to place resources on its website, including a printable prevention checklist, FAQ, and Guidance for K – 12 schools.

More information is forthcoming and will be posted to the Ohio Department of Education website as it becomes available. 
The FAQ linked above specifically includes guidance around the applicability of school closures for preschool classrooms. Here are the highlights: Preschool classrooms licensed by the Ohio Department of Education are mandated to close. School-Age Child Care programs licensed by the Ohio Department of Education can stay open at the discretion of the operating entity.
Ohio schools and community sponsors may operate under a waiver to serve meals in a non-congregate setting and at school sites during school closures related to the coronavirus. Preschool and child care administrators/directors are encouraged to contact your local school district to inquire about emergency meal service and provide this information to the households. 
Guidance on special education is being completed and will be shared as soon as it is finalized.
The Centers for Disease Control has new information available on its website specifically for child care and early childhood programs including:
•         Interim Guidance for Administrators
•         FAQs for Administrators
•         Cleaning and Disinfecting Recommendations
•         Checklists for Teachers, Parents and Administrators and
•         Talking with Children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
 
For those of you serving younger children, guidance is available from Zero to Three with tips for parents talking about coronavirus with their children.
Be safe and well and email us with specific questions you may have at ELSR@education.ohio.gov
We’ve received many important questions already and we are working to provide the answers.
Thank you for your patience and thank you for everything you do for Ohio’s children.


3/5/2020

Register Now for Home Visiting Regional Meetings

Please join the Ohio Department of Health for regional meetings to discuss opportunities for expanding and improving home visiting services in Ohio. We encourage you to attend the meeting located in your region but, in the event you have a conflict, you are welcome to attend a meeting that is outside of your region. Space may be limited so please limit the number of participants from your agency.

We encourage supervisors and program managers to solicit feedback from your teams prior to the meeting on the following questions:
 

  • To what extent are existing home visiting programs meeting the needs of families in your county? (e.g., groups of children or families not adequately served, wait lists)
  • To what extent does current funding support capacity for home visiting providers in your county?
  • Other than funding, what additional barriers to home visiting are impacting capacity to serve additional families in your county?
  • Do you experience problems with staff turnover or retention? If so, why?
  • Given the Governor’s Advisory Committee recommendations regarding staffing, what additional reasons are there for why home visiting programs in your area have trouble finding qualified candidates?
  • To what extent are adequate health and social services and family supports targeted to pregnant women and families with young children available and accessible in your area to refer families in need of such services? Where are there gaps? (Examples may include treatment for postpartum depression or substance use disorder, supports for caregivers impacted by intimate partner violence, services for children identified with potential developmental disabilities, tobacco cessation services, safe sleep resources)
  • Describe the extent of collaboration between/among home visiting programs in your county/region and/or with other early childhood programs in your county/region.
  • What additional barriers or challenges do you face in delivering home visiting services? (e.g., geographical/transportation challenges, family engagement and retention, state or local-level policy barriers, etc.)
 Dates and Locations
Region #1-Northwest Ohio April 1, 2020;  10:00-1:00 Wood County Educational Service Center 1867 North Research Dr. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Region #5- East Central Ohio April 3, 2020; 10:00-1:00 Stark County Educational Service Center 6057 Strip Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720
Region #3- Southwest Ohio April 6, 2020; 10:00-1:00 Butler County Education Service Center 400 North Erie Blvd, Suite A, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Region #4- Northeast Ohio April 8, 2020; 10:00-1:00 Fatima Community Center 6600 Lexington Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44103
Region #6- Southeast Ohio April 15, 2020; 10:00-1:00 Obleness Hospital-Athens County 55 Hospital Dr., Athens, Ohio 45701
Region #2- West Central Ohio April 22, 2020; 10:00-1:00 OCCRRA-Franklin County 2760 Airport Drive, Suite 160, Columbus, Ohio 43219
The following organizations will be invited to attend: all ODH funded home visiting program, ODM funded home visiting programs, Early Head Start grantees, Healthy Start Grantees, Community Pathway HUB providers, SPARK sites and a handful of locally funded programs.
Please complete the survey link below to RSVP for one of the regional sessions.  Should you have any questions or problems, please contact Alicia Leatherman at 614-644-9423 or via e-mail at Alicia.leatherman@odh.ohio.gov.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8L6Y27W (please hit control and enter when hovering over link)
 


3/5/2020

Register Now for The Ohio Early Childhood Educators Conference April 23-25,2020

Join Thousands of Early Childhood Educators from Across the Great State of Ohio!


2/19/2020

Call For Proposals Now Open OCALICON- Inclusive Education Leadership Institute 2020

The OCALICON conference will be held November 11-13, 2020, at the Columbus Convention Center, and again will feature the Inclusive Education Leadership Institute, hosted by the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children and OCALI.


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